Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Longest Road by Philip Caputo

From Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Philip Caputo drives with his wife, 2 dogs and an old airstream trailer the longest road across the continental United States.
From the author: "With enough time, gas money, and nerve, I could drive from the southernmost point to the northernmost reachable by road. At one end, I would look upon the Gulf Stream and the Southern Cross, and at the other the Arctic Ocean and the Northern Lights."
Find in the new book section under 973.93 CAPUT

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Road from Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

"When Robert Morgan’s novel Gap Creek was published in 1999, it became an Oprah Book Club Selection and an instant national bestseller, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers to its story of a marriage begun with love and hope at the turn of the twentieth century. Set in the Appalachian South, it followed Julie and Hank Richards as they struggled through the first year and a half of their union.
But what, readers asked, of the years that followed? What did the future hold for these memorable characters?
The Road from Gap Creek holds the answers to these questions, as Robert Morgan takes us back into their lives, telling their story and the stories of their children through the eyes of their youngest daughter, Annie. Through Annie, we watch as the four Richards children create their own histories, lives that include both triumphs and hardship in the face of the Great Depression and then World War II." Barnes and Noble overview

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys - the true story by Dean King

South Appalachian Mountains.
"Before the war, Hatfields (of English blood) and McCoys (of Scots-Irish roots) lived on both sides of the Tug River, which separates West Virginia and Kentucky, in relative harmony, intermarrying and working and trading together. After the war, a West Virginia faction of the Hatfield family and a Kentucky branch of the McCoy family found themselves at each other's throats. Their hostilities would stretch over the course of three decades - from 1865 to 1890." from the author
Read the true and complete story about the legend of the Hatfields vs the McCoys.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Free Tickets to Rose Ensemble Concert

The Rose Ensemble will be presenting “The Roots of Bluegrass: a Journey through America’s Folk, Old-time, and Gospel Traditions” in the Hibbing High School Auditorium on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  

Return to America's folk roots.  Rousing hymns, Appalachian foot-stomping songs, Southern Harmony shape-note singing, and Shaker spirituals:  the music that gave birth to bluegrass.  "The Roots of Bluegrass" explores our country's musical heritage with close vocal Harmonics, banjo, guitar, and fiddle.

Free tickets to this event are available at the library.

This project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Books

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him. from the website.

The Mayan Secrets, by Clive Cussler and Thomas Pery

The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them—as the Fargos are about to find out. from the website

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Alabaster Falls Concert

Tuesday, October 8th

1:00 p.m.

Hibbing Public Library

Alabaster Falls is an acoustic "folk grass" band based in the Minnesota North Woods.  Consisting of four accomplished musicians, their crystal clear harmonies showcase the powerhouse vocals of lead singer Julie Kaiser while Paul Jones and Bill Kaiser create guitar and dobro magic with finger picking "as delicate as fine lace."  Bassist Cal Aultman provides a solid foundation, creating an easy groove that makes Alabaster Falls one of the most listenable bands around.

Join is for this free concert and remember that a day with music is a better day!

This event is sponsored by ALS and funded by money from Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hollow Bones by C J Lyons

Maria Alvarado uses a cruise with college friends to disguise joining an archeological expedition in Guatemala which her parents would disapprove of. Her friends guarantee they can put her parents off while she discovers Mayan treasure with Prescott, assistant to well known archeologist Professor Zigler who is already on site at the temple. Prescott picks up Maria at the port of Santo Tomas and they drive off deep into the jungle. After several hours of driving, Prescott and Maria meet a truck with armed men blocking the road. In the scuffle that follows, Prescott is shot and Maria escapes into the jungle.
Back in the states, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney is just finishing up a case when Special Agent Jake Carver shows up, bored from hiding out after a lengthy deep undercover assignment while waiting for the trial in which he must testify against a biker gang. He plans to hang out with Caitlyn once her case wraps up. Unfortunately, Caitlyn is called to investigate the disappearance of Alvarado and she is off to Guatemala. Carver wishes to go with her but she tells him to stay safe at her apartment and research the Alvarado family for the Alvarado family once lived in Guatemala but had fled to the United States decades ago.  

I enjoyed reading about FBI Special Agent Caitlyn Tierney and look forward to reading Blind Faith and Black Sheep, the first two books in the series.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

A Question of Honor

 Bess Crawford is back in this fifth book in the series where all the killing is not on the battlefield during World War I.
Flashback to ten years before when Bess and her family are stationed in India. Her father is a colonel in the British Army. Lieutenant Wade, a soldier in her father's regiment, is accused of killing five people and escapes before he is prosecuted and presumed killed in Afghanistan.
Now in 1918, Bess Crawford is a nurse working on the battlefields of France when she hears a dying Indian sergeant say he thinks Wade is still alive and fighting the Germans. Bess can't let it go and enlists family friend Sergeant-Major Simon Brandon to help her find out the truth about Lieutenant Wade.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Community Education/Hibbing Public Library Computer Class

“Computers for the Beginner” will be offered in October for those that are just learning to use one.  There will be four 90 minute sessions (75 minute session and 15 minute question period) from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 15, 22, 29, and November 5.  These sessions will be held in the Library computer lab and there are 9 spots available.  The cost is $15.00 per person.  Please contact the Community Education Office at 218-208-0852 to sign up.

These sessions are for the “true beginner”.  We will be spending time on how to use the mouse and keyboard.  Very basic needs such as turning on, shutting down properly, etc. will be covered.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

Sixteenth book in the series, you may want to start with the first book, Deja Dead, a best seller and Ellis award winner for Best First Novel.

The TV series, Bones, has also been inspired by Kathy Reichs.

Kathy Reichs has had an interesting life as a forensic anthropologist.
See her website:

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Mary, The Kayak Lady

Meet author and kayak adventurer Mary Shideler at the Hibbing Public Library on Monday, September 23rd at noon.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Inspector Gamache of the Surete de Quebec (homicide division of Quebec) fights his biggest battle yet against his corrupt bosses and a shadowy network of people who have much to lose if the Inspector figures out what their plan is. With the best transferred out of the homicide squad, Gamache is left with an insolent and incompetent squad who taunt him that his life as a respected inspector is over.
Three Pines, a safe haven for the lost and disenfranchised, is getting ready for the holidays. Myrna, bookstore owner and a psychiatrist a lifetime ago, gets a visit from an old friend and former patient.  Constance Pineault visits and makes friends with the fascinating and eccentric villagers of Three Pines, an obscure village that has been missed by maps and the Internet. Invited back for the holidays, Constance doesn't arrive and Myrna, concerned, asks Inspector Gamache to find out if something is wrong.  Inspector Gamache and Inspector Lacoste, loyal and the only one left in what was once the best arm of the Quebec police, take on a case of murder when the last of the world famous Ouellet Quints, is murdered. For Constance is the last of the Ouellet Quints.

Building to a satisfying conclusion in this ninth book in the series, Inspector Gamache is helped by the loyal friends of Three Pines to conceal his three colleagues in the Surete who believe in him and realize the corruption reaches the highest levels of the Quebec government.

Winner of the Agatha Award five times and many other best book awards for mysteries, more can be read about Louise Penny at her website: